Retirement means different things to different people. In this week’s Pet Spotlight, we meet a woman who retired from one job and then, fairly suddenly, began another – showing horses! Wait until you see her official title! Today she introduces us to Rex and Windy!
1. What is your name and how long have you been playing Solitaire TriPeaks?
My name is Paulette, and I’ve been playing TriPeaks for about 5 years.
2. What are the name of your horses?
Rex and Windy
3. What breed are they?
Clydesdales (Budweiser horses)
4. How did Rex and Windy come into your life?
Retirement! At age 60. My husband wanted to “drive” them in competition. And he has done so now for 15 years. I didn’t really know what this meant as we had never had horses. Showing is a lot of work. My part in all this is “Chief Pooper Scooper!”
5. What’s are the cutest things they’ve done?
When Windy had a foal (filly). The filly was named Ruby, and was 150 lbs and 9 hands (36”). This was in 2012
6. What’s the one thing you wish they would stop doing?
Getting dirty – takes about an hour to get 4 feet white!! Then there is the rest of an 1,800 lb body!
7. How does your pet encourage you to keep playing TriPeaks?
Playing Tripeaks is my downtime after cleaning the “little ponies” and mucking stalls!!
8. What’s the funniest story you have about something they’ve done?
Another Clyde we had was a “hydro engineer.” We would find sprinkler heads laying on the ground. It took a little while, but we finally figured out when the sprinklers were on (and rotating) he would “drink” from sprinkler — and holding the sprinkler in his mouth would unscrew it from the pipe!
9. Are you in a Club? If so, do they all know about your horses?
Widow(ers) and Bonus 76. Some members know we have the horses.
10. Do you have any final words you’d like to share regarding your pet/s?
It’s been a real experience – at one point we had 5 Clydesdales! Had not had any experience with horses prior to this! The pictures shown here are Rex and a 4-year old going for a walk in arena and Windy and her foal, Ruby, about an hour after the birth. They truly are Gentle Giants!